When a coffee shop is not a coffee shop!!
To the uninitiated, going for coffee is as simple as walking next door to the nearest place that sells coffee. But in truth the type of establishment you walk into goes a long way to determining the quality of the coffee you are about to have. Yes there are always exceptions, I too have had a coffee at McDonalds out of desperation and gone 'actually that was not too bad', but when you want consistency choosing the right spot is a must. Let's have a look at the types of locations you can find yourself in.....minus the fast food outlets :)
The Diner reminds me of 70s American sitcoms, you get a burger and a waitress with a cigarette hanging out of their mouths. Of course its not quite that bad these days but the coffee hasn't improved much. Its peculated, out of a coffee pot or a serve yourself machine. Basically buyer beware.
Perhaps a controversial title but what I am referring to here are those who offer food as the prime experience and coffee is the after thought, perhaps even a Bakery. A favourite of the elderly who use coffee as an after meal relaxant. Have lunch and then go find a coffee shop.
Corporate coffee is the place that sets up in the foyer of an office building. They sell convenience and thrive on the meeting 'coffee runs' for bulk purchases. Not always bad coffee, but they are a risk and generally the open space and hustling zombies that pass by mean they lack soul. Good for a drive by not a stop by.
Popping up all over the place are the hipster venues that offer a very broad range of coffee types, single origins, Chai Latte varieties and a whole host of accessories. Always looking to add an edge by being creative, hipster joints are good for some fun and uniqueness. Use for a treat not a regular.
Tried and true, the one I'm looking for most of the time. A place that pays most attention to the coffee and the experience of not having coffee alone. The right vibe, a talented and talkative Barista and a great taste. For me I'm also looking for exposed timber, industrial lighting and some plant life. Great coffee all of the time.
Coffee in a Wall
A huge trend, especially in Melbourne town, is the small hole in the wall with just a Barista and their machine. Great for coffee on the go but not much more. Avoid the cafe and the corporate and find your hole.
The mad man warning of a coffee Autocracy haha.... we all know one, the Barista who is determined to tell you how to have your coffee. It's their way or no way. Sometimes its an old school tradition, such as the must try Pellegrini's Espresso Bar (apparently the first espresso machine in Melbourne was delivered here in 1954) other times it's just personality. Order a 'Magic' at your peril.
So next time you head out for coffee choose your venue wisely.